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Seven trips to Venice so far, and I’ve been inside 79 of the 149 churches. Now blogging about my November 2010 trip, church visits, street shrines, and art in Venice as well as life in the Tar Heel state.

Everyone needs a hobby, right?! I've stopped collecting "things" and instead collect church visits and photos of street shrines. I'm always planning my next trip!

About this blog:

Started in October 2007 and very much a work-in-progress. It’s going to take a while, but eventually I’d like to write an article about every church in Venice (or at least the ones that I’ve visited).

To see what I’ve done so far, you can click on “My Complete Blog Archives” or use the Categories in the right column (also listed below) where you will find complete church lists sorted by sestiere. As I post an article about a church, I’ll update these lists with links.


Churches in Cannaregio
Churches in Castello
Churches in Dorsoduro
Churches in San Marco
Churches in San Polo
Churches in Santa Croce
Churches on the Lagoon Islands

If you are wondering how many churches there are in Venice, the answer is here.

I love getting comments, so don’t be shy! I’d love to hear answers to some of my many unanswered questions or other folks’ thoughts about these amazing places.

If you want to contact me, leave a comment and I'll answer on the blog or email you. If you would like to use any of my photos, please ask first! I'll probably say yes.

Thanks for reading! Annie


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Hi, I also fell in love with Venice. I am looking for an afordable way to visit again, this time for a month. Is this possible?


Hi Carl,

Well, "affordable" is relative, especially when it comes to Venice which is undoubtedly an expensive city. A couple of things that definitely help control costs: travel in the off-season (in winter but not in February during Carnivale), and stay in an apartment. Slow Travel has lots of reviews of apartments which are not only less expensive than hotels but help you save money since you don't have to eat out for every meal.

Good luck - a month in Venice sounds wonderful!


I'm heading off to Venice for my first time in May...
Will follow up to see what's important at this city.
Yes, I'm an avid fan of basketball. Check it out.
Have a great day.

Hi Marg, I hope you have a wonderful trip! May is usually a beautiful time to be in Venice - wisteria blooming and artichokes in season and available in all the trattoria.

And who do you pull for in hoops?

You might want to check out for a complete guide to Venice. The site has narrated slide tours of almost every monument in Venice.

Thank you David. I love Museum Planet!


We are planning a wedding in Venice next year. we are choosing between san moses or san salvador. Which one do you recommend?


Hi Lei,

I'd definitely choose San Salvador! It's such a beautiful church - it would be an awesome place for a wedding. I like San Moise but it's more over-the-top Baroque in style while San Salvador is an elegant Renaissance church.


thomas jonglez:

thanks for your nice comment on our book !
Thomas Jonglez

Thomas, you're welcome! I'm glad you found the comment. The book is wonderful, and I can't wait to find some of these sights the next time I'm in Venice. Best, Annie

Jim Glidewell:

My wife and I will be visiting Venice for the first time in July. I have been reading guidebooks, etc. like crazy. I came across a mention of a church in Venice with a lot of somewhat lurid paintings of martyrs. I foolishly did not write it down. Any idea what church this might be?

I love the photos and discussions here - thanks much - I will be taking careful notes ( or at least copious bookmarks :-)

Thanks for the great site!

Hi Jim, how exciting! I hope you have a wonderful time in Venice. Glad my blog is helping with your trip planning.

There are SO many lurid paintings of martyrs in Venice, I'm a little bit stumped. :)

There's a Baroque cycle of martyr paintings in the church of San Stae, but I don't remember them being that lurid. The Stations of the Cross cycle in San Polo is pretty graphic. I'll keep thinking and let you know if anything else comes to mind!


Enjoyed your photos tremendously! Just came across them while getting started on a blog of my own and searching for images of shrines with flowers.


Hi Jesse, thanks for your comment. Your blog is very nice and I enjoyed seeing one of my shrine photos there. Thanks for asking if you could use it!

Joan Whittemore:

Could you please email me?
I would like to ask your permission to use at least one of your beautiful pictures of the Mendicanti for a book I am publishing.
Thank you,

Joan Whittemore

Hi Joan, check your email!


Hi, Annie
I’m a Chinese girl, and I’ve been to Venice before. I love your blog and your pictures. I also have my Chinese blog, and would like to write something related to Venice. I have no pictures left due to the computer troubles. May I use your pictures? I will write the source (your name, your blog links, etc.) if you allow me to do so. Thanks a lot!

Hi Smmer,

Nice to meet you! Can you please give me a link to your blog so I can check it out? Thanks, Annie


Thanks Summer! I just sent an email to you.


Hi Annie, I've checked my email and replied. Thanks a lot for allowing me to use your pictures! You are so nice. Have a good weekend:-)

Dear Annie,

Gosh, I just noticed I am one of your links! Thank you!
Your observations, photos and idea for this blog in the first place are all very impressive and inspiring.

I feel like I must have commented here awhile back . . . I had lyme disease and had a hard time for a couple of years just truly finally feeling like my old self.

I am taking off for Venice from November 19 - 29th . . . feel like the butterflies I am observing emerging from their chrysalises. It is a dream for many many years nearly come true. I wonder if you know of charming modestly priced places to stay. I am looking at apartments in real neighborhoods and have found a few in East Castello section but remembered you and thought to ask you first. I will be traveling alone . . . taking watercolors and camera. I can hardly sleep for being so excited/ overwhelmed.
I so appreciate any thoughts or feedback you may have. I have written down all the books you suggest. Making a list of the churches too of course. ;>)
Many Thanks!

Hi Carol, it's nice to hear from you again. And I'm so excited for you! I just left a comment on your blog. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope that you love Venice as much as I do!

Your photos are beautiful! I came across your photo of Ajies Dulce Peppers at

I am creating a "how to," video on making Sofrito. There are no Ajies Dulces Peppers in my area and need a photo so people will know what it looks like. Is it possible to use yours?
Thank you so much!

Hi Van, you are welcome to use the pepper photo. Thanks for asking! Annie

Hi I just discovered your blog. I really only use Flickr but I have visited Venice 4 times - always in January - since 2006 and have posted loads of photos which I have tried to annotate. Like you I love the churches and the whole unique, human charm of the place. Please feel free to look at my Venice collection and let me know if there are places you are particularly interested in having photos of. I'm not used to blog etiquette so forgive me if I'm going about this the wrong way.
David (dvd bramhall)

Hi David, thanks for your comment. I'm on Flickr too and just left a comment for you there. Your photos are fantastic - I'm heading back to Flickr to look at more of them right now! Cheers, Annie

Hi there Annie!

I'm a producer here in Singapore, currently producing a Nat Geo series on UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Briefly, the aim of one of the episodes is to visit Venice and in 60minutes, talk about what the original beauty that is Venice and how over years of consumerism, tourism and of course, the great floods - Venice is fast losing its culture, its people and beauty.

You are an advent Venice traveller and you have managed to document some of the restoration works in Venice.

Would you be able to spare some time to chat on email or Skype?

Would love to know your thoughts.

Many thanks!

Hi Lena,

Your project sounds fascinating - I just sent you an email. Annie

Priscilla Friendly:

Hi, I was in Venice many years ago and I remember a lovely church that had a very
unusual front entry. What I remember was 2 statues on either side of of the opening that were of huge men kneeling on one knee holding up the front of the church on their powerful shoulders. I know I'm not crazy-- but can't find a picture of this anywhere. My daughter is going to Venice in July and I want her to visit that church. Any idea what I'm talking about? Thanks so much! Priscilla


Hi, Priscilla
Annie told me about your question as I am a great fan of Venice (and of Annie). As you can see above, Annie has been inside over half the churches in Venice, and she has probably viewed the rest. I have seen all the most famous churches of Venice, and probably seen most of the rest. Neither of us recognise the church you describe. Did you visit Verona? I have a photo I can email to you of a building there where there are two atlantes either side of a door, but the building is not a church, and the figures are not kneeling. Let us know if you ever do find your church.
Bert you have another trip to Venice in the works??


Debra Ann Velie:

Hi, I was just in Venice, Italy the beginning of July, 2013. I saw a cool sculpture in front of San Giorgio d Maggiore. It was huge and blue or purple. I ca't tell if it's a man or woman. It ws put there or sculpted fairly recently. I failed to get the name of it or who was responsible for it. I have been looking all over the web to find out this info., but can not find a thing about it. Can you help me?

Deb Velie


Linda, no definite plans right now but I hope to return to Venice this year (fingers crossed!).

Hi Debra, I saw a photo of that sculpture somewhere on the Internet but can't remember where. It's part of La Biennale - have you checked their website? I might have seen it on Flickr - if I come across it again, I'll let you know.


I hope you don't mind me getting in contact with you. I am from the Mystery Dining Company. We are a UK business that offers mystery visit services and hospitality support to help over 1,000 restaurants, pubs, hotels and caterers to monitor their operation, listen to their customers and learn from the results. As with all mystery visits our clients pay for all reimbursements in return for a report on your visit. Effectively, our mystery diners can eat out for free with us.

We are currently looking for people to join us as mystery diners in Venice, Italy, and are looking for those who enjoy dining out and have good written skills. Because of your blog, I thought this may be of interest to you, and you may wish to sign up. Below is some more information about our service.

Mystery Diners are volunteers who offer their time to visit a range of restaurants, hotels, pubs and contract catering outlets in return for the cost of the experience (excluding travel). You get to eat for free, the client gets invaluable feedback. The reports are paid for by the hospitality operators who find them invaluable in understanding the experience, in detail, from a customer's perspective. They are used to improve standards and reward well-performing staff.
Here is what to expect as a mystery diner once you have been accepted and have completed the brief online training process:

You will be able to view what visits are available to you at any time and book online or over the telephone. You will be briefed on what to expect, how to prepare, and what to look out for ahead of each visit.

The visit itself then takes place as an ordinary customer experience (taking the brief into consideration), which we hope you will enjoy!

Following your visit, you are expected to fill out the report relating to your visit by 12pm (GMT) the next working day following your visit (Mon-Fri), which will be submitted online. All reports should be an accurate and detailed, yet concise, account of your experience.

You must be available to be contacted, by telephone, the day you submit your report as The Mystery Dining Company may need to speak to you if there are any queries.

The agreed reimbursement will be paid into your bank account approximately 4-5 weeks after your visit.

• A good command of English.
• Reliability.
• Good observation skills.
• The ability to write accurate, detailed reports.
• A genuine passion for eating out.
• A background in the hospitality sector (desirable, but not essential).

There are some great benefits to being a mystery diner ( and so many people already enjoy it for a number of reasons (

If this sounds of interest to you then please do contact me. It is of course also open to any of your staff, friends and family to join as well.
Feel free to visit our website for more information:

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Natalie Martin | Associate Consultant | HospitalityGEM | Kings Court, Parsonage Lane, Bath, BA1 1ER | +44 (0)7874 088114 |


Hi! I found your blog by accident, but have enjoyed looking through the photos I have seen. I have been to Venice twice. When I was there in June, I spent four hours walking (sans camera) through the streets, stopping at small churches I found along the way. I was astounded by the peacefulness, and it is one of the most wonderful memories I have of my visit. That morning, I came across the most beautiful painting of Christ's baptism. He was on the left of the painting, with long dark ringlets hanging down. I thought the name of the artist was a form of Nicolas or Nicholi. I have searched for a photo ever since. Any chance you have a photo of the painting I mean? I know it is a long-shot, but thought I would try. Thanks for sharing all your pics!

Hi Christina, sounds like you had a fantastic time in Venice!

Any clues as to which church you were in when you saw the painting? Neighborhood, landmarks nearby? The Baptism of Christ that is most celebrated in the one by Cima in San Giovanni in Bragora, but it doesn't match your description.

I'll check a few books and if I find anything, I'll let you know. Thanks for your comment. Annie

Christina :

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view), my walking tour wound up with my getting lost, so no landmarks. I just remember that the painting was on the left side of the church, among several other paintings I don't recall. There was a kneeler in front of it, I think. I just remember that it was such an unusual depiction of Christ, who is often portrayed with reddish, smooth hair. He was beautiful. It truly was a fantastic day. I found St. Lucy in one church, met some Australians who were as lost as I, and found a generous, thoughtful elderly shop owner who essentially walked me back to my hotel when she realized (without our speaking the same language) that I was completely lost. I felt so comfortable and safe there, and I hope to go back again. Thank you for your reply.

Hi Christina,

I too have experienced the "kindness of strangers" when lost in Venice - it's a wonderful thing.

So I wondered if the artist of your painting might be Niccolo Bambini, who has paintings in many churches in Venice, but I can't find a Baptism mentioned.

Other possible artists (haven't checked into these yet) are Nicolo di Pietro and Niccolo Renieri.

If I find anything out, I'll let you know.


Debra Ann Velie:
I saw a cool sculpture in front of San Giorgio d Maggiore. It was huge and blue or purple. ... I failed to get the name of it or who was responsible for it. I have been looking all over the web to find out this info., but can not find a thing about it. Can you help me?

It is called "Alison Lapper Pregnant" and it is by Marc Quinn. The original, much smaller work, in Carrara marble, was on display in Trafalgar Square 2005-07. A giant replica featured in the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games 2012. A similar replica (or possibly the same one) featured in the Venice Biennale 2013. It was purple, but by the end of its time there the colour had faded. It was an inflatable. You can (obviously) find out more on Wiki etc.


Sorry to ask for your help and then to be unable to help you much. I do not remember the artist's last name. Please do not work too hard on trying to find the information, unless you're really into treasure hunting. I have been looking when I have time, and I only hoped you might recognize the work, due to your traveling to Venice and making the churches a focus of your blog. Thank you so much! Your kindness really is wonderful, and should you ever come across the picture...I'd love to know!



Your blog seems really great! I am contacting you to ask permission to use one or two of your photos of "Sant'Anna" church in Venice in a research text/wikipedia page I am creating. I am in the process of writing a more extensive wikipedia page on Arcanagela Tarabotti--a.k.a. Elena or Helena Tarabotti--and, as I am yet to find images of her or of her original works, I was hoping to use some of your pictures of her convent so that the page isn't just text. I would have to put the images on wikimedia commons, which means they would be public domain. I would probably only use one of your images, though I'm not yet sure which I most like (indeed, they are all great!).

Please get back to me ASAP.



Hi Max, thanks for asking - your project sounds fascinating! I've sent you an email. Cheers, Annie

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